Opioid Crisis Hits Home

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you know we’re facing an opioid crisis — so much so, in fact, that September has been declared “Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month.”

“Drug-free” being the key words.

Lost in the headlines is how all too many patients’ downward spiral — more than 90 Americans overdose each day — began with a routine doctor’s prescription for painkillers like OxyContin.

“It’s become a sadly common story,” NPR reports. “People get prescribed painkillers.
They become addicted. And then they seek out cheaper and more potent drugs such as heroin and synthetic opioids.”

Liquid Assets: Water Testing for Household Well Owners A Snap

Easy Well TestingTesting one’s drinking water can be intimidating to a household well owner, but it can be easy if you know a few basic steps, says the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

If you are concerned about your well water, these three steps can help get owners the appropriate tests for contaminants that might present a health risk — or create taste, odor, or appearance problems:

1. Determine what you should test for in your water.

2. Obtain a reliable water test.

3. Get an interpretation of your test results so you can take any appropriate action.
An excellent place to start learning more about these three steps is the NGWA website,
www.WellOwner.org.

Post-Hurricane Matthew: What to Do to Prepare Your Home

Waves break over the church and the castle in Camogli, Italy

Risk mitigation.

It’s a term that typically comes up after every major storm —Hurricane Matthew being the latest to wreak havoc — as homeowners are warned that many houses are simply no match for high winds, and that prudence dictates that they act to help protect themselves and their property from future tempests.

If you think those warnings are needlessly alarmist, so too did all those New Yorkers who got pummeled by Hurricane Sandy.

So what should homeowners do, proactively, to increase their odds of beating Mother Nature?

Read on.

How Safe Is Uber? It Depends on Gender

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It’s shorthand for the potential danger faced by women using app-based, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And if you’re already dismissing how dangerous it can be, you’ve obviously missed the rash of headlines like these from across the country.

• “Uber Driver Charged With Rape Ordered Held After Dangerousness Hearing” (Boston Globe, August 2016)

• “Police Had Tip That Lyft Driver Charged With Sexual Assault Planned To Flee Country” (Dallas Morning News, November 2015)

• “Police: Uber Driver Returns to Rape, Burglarize Passenger at Her Home” (FOX-TV New Orleans, January 2016)

Workplace Ergonomics Get an Update in Today’s Working World

WorkplaceErgonomicsC“Workplace ergonomics” used to be a buzzword in past years, which meant ensuring that employees were outfitted with what they needed to be comfortable at work. Nowadays however, more people are working from home, be it by their choice or their employer’s. Regardless of the reason, one thing is obvious: It’s just as possible to injure yourself no matter where you physically work.

Consider this: When it comes to a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries caused by stress to the joints from repetitive tasks, overuse of muscles, and poor posture, what’s the difference if you’re slumping in front of an office computer or a home laptop? Knowing how to bend properly and lift objects of all sizes is important, wherever you work.

For Whiplash Sufferers, Chiropractic Care Can Be Beneficial

WhiplashChiroCOne of the most common injuries from a car accident is whiplash—and anyone who has experienced it knows first hand that it can be even more painful than watching a C-SPAN hearing on waste management.

But it’s not just about the immediate pain, because this injury affects the soft tissues of the neck caused by the sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head, which can also destabilize the spine—and leave you with severe, long-term pain if left untreated.

It can take anywhere from hours to months for symptoms to present themselves, but they may include:

•    Blurred vision

Chiropractic Care Comes to the Workplace

ChiroServicesCMany of the big companies are supporting it. Google does. So do Apple and Facebook.

These Internet giants are part of a growing trend among businesses acknowledging the distinct link between healthy employees and a healthy bottom line—and they are adopting worksite health centers that include chiropractic care.

“Employers are now seeing that employee health is important beyond health care costs,” said Beth Bierbower, president of Humana’s Employer Group Segment. “It has profound impacts on productivity, retention, workplace engagement and morale.”

Some Jobs Are More Prone to Back Injuries, Study Finds

WorkRelatedInjuriesCMore than 200,000.

That’s the number of nonfatal occupational back injuries—217,666 to be exact—that resulted in lost workdays in a single year, according to the most recent annual data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This equates to more than the number of work-related head, neck, arm and foot injuries combined.

As a result, this can have a huge economic impact. Consider this: The World Health Organization has estimated that low back pain alone costs the U.S. between $100 billion and $200 billion annually.

Here are some of the jobs that are more prone to back injuries than others:

Advice for Parents of Teen Drivers: How to Have the Car Talk

Giving a 16-year-old their first set of car keys can feel like one or both of you just went skydiving without a parachute. As a parent, you’re relinquishing a certain amount of control when your child climbs behind the wheel. And that can be terrifying.

Car accidents are the number-one cause of death among teens in the U.S., so when it comes to driving, the majority of parental fears are warranted. It’s also important to remember to communicate the seriousness of the sudden responsibility. The experts at Trico Products are committed to making teen driving safer and encouraging parents to have a sit-down discussion with their children before they start driving.

Achieve Senior Independence With a Safer Home

(NewsUSA) – Elderly safety is a considerable problem in the U.S. as millions of seniors go to the emergency room each year due to injuries caused by accidents in the home. Falls are a leading cause of these mishaps. Yet, with proper equipment and knowledge, risk can be cut dramatically.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one out of every three adults over age 65 falls each year. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, and in 2008, almost 20,000 older adults died from fall-related injuries in the U.S.